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What It Feels Like In China When Europe Comes Asking For Help

"Twenty-two years ago China was a basket case — a very poor developing country. So I really feel quite proud."
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Green Shoots: Is An Economic Recovery Underway?

The number of jobless claims for January 2012 was at the lowest point since March 2008. Businesses are reporting profits, buyers are reporting confidence. Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial, discusses whether it's safe to say an economic recovery has begun.
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General Motors Reports Record $7.6 B Profit In 2011

The automaker announced Thursday that it earned its largest profit ever in 2011 — $7.6 billion — citing strong sales in the U.S. and China. The company nearly collapsed two years ago and needed a bailout by the U.S. government, which still owns about 26 percent of the company.
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Record GM Profits Could Make Romney's Anti-Bailout Message A Harder Sell

The potential problem for Romney, however, is that even some Republicans, let alone Democrats and many independents, are likely to see GM's financial results as further vindication of the federal bailouts and Obama's approach.
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Moody's Warns More Credit Downgrades Are Coming

The U.S. rating agency Moody's announced Thursday morning more downgrades are on the horizon — this time for nearly 20 global banks and dozens of additional European firms. Names like Morgan Stanley and UBS could see their long-term credit ratings affected. It's another indicator of the wide reach of Europe's debt crisis.
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Frustrations Mount As Greece Waits For Bailout

Greece has pushed itself to the edge of chaos with austerity measures, and Europeans officials say it's still not enough. The Greeks need more European help — $170 billion to avoid default next month.

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